Saturday, August 1, 2015

It's Been a While!!

Brownie Knits Block 6 

Brownie Knits Block 7

I finished Block 6 and all caught up!  Thank you Gina for a much easier block after the cables block. This was easy to memorize and an easy knit. I may have made it too long. Blocking will tell.  I can always rip back a few rows.

Block 7 was released a week or so later.  Again, an easy block.  I followed the written directions, rather than the chart.  I just wasn't ready to learn that option.  I'm sure I'll get it eventually, in combination with the written directions.  In crochet, I used them in combination.  They are very handy, especially when the written instructions are a bit confusing.

Cooler Liner/Pot Holder
I picked up the crochet hook for the first time since March. Husband wanted a liner for his cooler to absorb the condensation from the ice packs. Last time I used a dishcloth pattern, but this time I thought I would make it a bit thicker. I choose The Best Crochet Potholder by Heather Tucker.   I've made this pattern before for potholders. It creates a very thick and dense fabric.  After the first row of single crochet, you actually crochet two rows together for the rest of the project. Easy and quick, check it out.

Corner to Corner
Corner to corner baby blanket.  I've never done this technique and really enjoyed the process. I started the with a huge ball of Jo-Ann's Rainbow Sensations. Not really knowing how much yarn a baby blanket would take, I just thought a big ball would do a small blanket. Wrong!  This yarn was part of my stash and out of production.  Since it was a discontinued line, I went searching for some left overs on Ravelry. A gracious Ravelry member sent me her leftovers, however, not quite enough. I stumbled upon the “revised version” in Jo-Ann’s. Although it is still a number 5, it seems smaller. Can you tell the difference from the stitch marker to the corner?

I put this into hibernation since I didn't have a designated recipient and hadn’t decided on a border. Now that my niece is due in August, I decided to add the basic border demonstrated by Mikey of The Crochet Crowd.

Perk Me Up
I finished the Perk Me Up cowl written by Erin Donahue of GimmeYarn418 on YouTube.  It was an

easy knit, especially for a beginner. The pattern was super easy to follow and came with a chart. I've never knit from a chart before, but because the cowl is knit in the round, I found myself using the chart automatically. I used Caron's Simply Soft in soft pink.

Seat Belt Pockets!! Seat Belt Pockets come in three styles: The Two Pocket Bi-Fold, the Three Pocket Bi-Fold, and the Three Pocket Tri-Fold. The bi-fold two pockets are good size and will hold my iPhone 6. The tri-folds are more snug

around the belt making the pockets a bit smaller and tighter. The three pocket items have a full size pocket on the back. I like to use mine for a notions bag when I'm not traveling. All of these Seat Belt Pockets attach with magnetic snaps for an easy on/easy off operation. Each style will fit around the shoulder belt and can be positioned where it is most comfortable for you. But don't limit this item to your car, it can be snapped around the strap(s) of a shoulder bag, luggage or project tote.

I put together a couple more project bags. These are a bit smaller than the trave bag. I like this size for the smaller projects, and they can double as a purse. Throw in a wallet and go! The inside pocket is perfect for your DPNs.